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Eming Piansay

Friend and Foe: Richmond Rape Victim Betrayed by Attacker

Eming Piansay, Nov 6, 2009 12:03 PM

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The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Richmond High student that was gang raped at her Homecoming dance has told police that one of her attackers was a “trusted friend”.

As if what happened to this poor girl could get any worse. Not only was she attacked by the group of abusers and not helped by those gawking as the rape took place, but this person was a “trusted friend”.


NAM Youth Communications Team

North Carolina College Gives Cash to Discourage Pregnancy

NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 6, 2009 11:51 AM

Editor's note: This piece by Valerie Klinker originally appeared on YO! Youth Outlook.

When I first heard that some place is paying young teenage girls to not get pregnant I thought I misheard--this, to me, was shocking. I don’t know how someone can pay a person to not do what their body is naturally supposed to do.

I am a mother and I think anyone who gets pregnant should have the opportunity to make a decision on what he or she wants to do and if they are ready to grow up. The reason I say that is because after you have a child you are no longer living for yourself: you can’t do the things you want to do or spend money on just anything you want, you will be living for your baby, you will have to make sure that everything you do benefits your child. You will have to teach, nurture, care of and love them unconditionally.

Andrew Lam

1989: The Year The Wall Fell, And The Earth Shook

Andrew Lam, Nov 5, 2009 3:33 PM

The year the Berlin Wall fell, and Chinese students were massacred at Tianamen Square in Beijing, and San Francisco was hit by the Big One, was the year that I decided to become a journalist. Before that I, having graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in biochemistry, was working in cancer research, killing mice and bombarding their mammary cells with carcinogens. Then I got accepted to San Francisco State's creative writing school, and within the same semester I started freelancing for Pacific News Service, tasted a little fame, and thought I could become a writer.


Nezua

Weekly Diaspora: Immigration Impacts Everything

Nezua, Nov 5, 2009 1:14 PM

Editor's note: The Weekly Diaspora is Nezua's weekly round-up of immigration news, published by The Media Consortium.  

While many pundits and political analysts are musing about what Tuesday's mixed bag election results mean for Obama administration, New America Media reports that "there's another trend to watch; the surprising prominence of immigration politics."

Even in states where other concerns "like small farms and forestry management" are far more immediate, "immigration has become a litmus test issue for the conservative movement," and the expectation is, oddly, a "lockstep" goal toward opposing legalization. One has to wonder how the self-destructive choice to oppose immigration at any cost came about.

Edwin Okong'o

The Institution of Marriage: Thou Shalt Not Admit Gays?

Edwin Okong'o, Nov 5, 2009 9:20 AM

Editor's note: Check out Edwin Okong'o's blog, Our Man in America.

On Tuesday there were elections in some parts of the United States. Of course, being an alien, Our Man in America couldn’t vote. But he does have the democratic right to express himself, so he’s going to comment on them anyway.

What struck me about those elections was not the Obama-report-card angle mainstream media has been focusing on. Rather, it was an issue near and dear to many of my friends: gay marriage. You might have seen headlines like, “Maine rejects same-sex marriage law.” Or, “California Weighs Maine Vote on Gay Marriage."

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